ethnic Indian pattern

This week was busy stitch wise. It was slow, but interesting too.
Stitch challenges
SSS Challenge
Last week’s stitch was an easy one. This week’s stitch is waiting to be started. Thinking about what fabric to use to learn this stitch.
Beyond TAST
It is hard for me to be creative, being a follower of rules, but I am slowly getting comfortable and have started enjoying the study of stitches. Everyday a stitch is studied on this challenge.
RPW 2018 is totally neglected for the time being. The black work mandala was completed.
The light green on the tree was completed.
The blue on the lake was started.
Red gaada tunic
The embroidery on the front neck is being worked now. Next work is the mirrors.
While browsing for embroidery stitches, an inspiration to work Kashmiri embroidery kept coming back. A cream tussar silk fabric is chosen for this tunic project.



This stitch on SSS challenge is the basic stitch with which the Bayeux tapestry was worked. The working is illustrated by Queenie on her blog. Having read about this tapestry on the net, I never would have thought about learning more about the embroidery, if it hadn’t been for Queenie.
Seeing the manner with which the elements of the tapestry were stitched, an idea of attempting the stitches on Indian folk art came to mind. Madhubani is a folk art from Bihar, India. Big tapestries, paintings, wall decorations, floor decorations, cushions, bags, boxes are embellished with this art form. The elements are taken from nature and mythology. If the depicts Krishna, Ganesha or Goddesses with nature elements it is Madhubani. And if the same art form is used for depicting the story of Rama it is Mythila paintings. These folk art forms are used for working Kantha embroidery also.
For this challenge two elements were chosen- lotus and fish. The pattern
Started with the first stitch on lotus and outlining with black thread. at this stage the fillings were worked first and the outlines later.
In this part the outlining preceded the fillings. It seems better this way.
The knowledge of working Kantha embroidery helped in working the curved filllings.
The whole project was worked with cotton skeins. Four strands for fillings, and 3 strands for working the stem stich outlines.
SSS.50.Bayeux sampler
Actually I enjoyed working this embroidery, seeing the fish growing gave sense of satisfaction. The Bayeux stitch and folk art are worth pursuing further.

These past few days the projects were really works in progress.
Beyond TAST
Most time was spent on working the kogin and Swedish weaving samplers. Sashiko embroidery on Yellow table cloth could be completed.
Earlier week’s colonial knot is waiting to be worked. Keeping aside the Beyond TAST samplers for the time being, I am embarking on learning the Bayeux stitch. We have some many folk art in our country, Madhubani painting is one of them. There are human, animal, tree, bird, nature, God elements on it. A small Madhubani element is chosen to work the stitches.
The tunics will be handled after this work.


Muscat is quite pleasant and cool these days. We had some rain too.
SSS challenge
Since this is the only stitch challenge I am working, may be it is time to put in more work on these stitches. The leaf stitch sampler was completed, and Mille fleur stitch, being an easy one, is to be started on a satin fabric to be later used for towel edging. All the time on browsing seems to have paid off!
Blue ikat tunic
The working on these motifs is simple and repetitive, the work on these borders will continue till they are ready. Working with metallic silver thread on the chain stitch outline. That way one UFO can be out of the way.
Red and black tunic
This red tunic fabric is called Gaada in my language. It is cotton fabric which has various uses- baby clothing, cloth nappies, bags, furnishings…
The price is not much, and wears well for quite some time. But this red fabric is quite soft, keeps stretching in all directions, needs lining for stabilizing it, is block printed[ which is not seen here, [for some unknown reason!]. The lady from the shop said it may not be suitable. And it was there for blouses. But the fabric interested me enough. This was given for sewing along with a black fabric for shoulders and sleeve borders.
This tunic is crying out for mirrors. If the work on this commences soon, it is possible to wear the tunic this cool season.


Have to confess that there was no progress on SSS challenge. Valuable time which can be used for working this challenge stitches is kidnapped by net browsing with the excuse of looking for new embroidery ideas. It is enjoyable pastime for now. Have to keep it in check before it leads to addiction.
The embroidery for red striped tunic was completed and it is with the tailor now.
Green yellow ikat tunic
Some more progress has been made on this mirror mandala embellishment project. Hoping to complete it tomorrow.
Blue grey ikat tunic
This is the next project waiting to be started. The tunic set fabric is mercerized cotton. My love for woven ikat fabric continues. The salwar is also mercerized cotton in grey. The idea is to work the embroidery on neck and sleeves on this blue fabric on the right.
This is an inspiration from a tunic which had floral printed border on its neck. The fabric and the design were different.


On SSS stitch challenge Rumanian stitch was 36th week stitch. I decided to use work this stitch on a square pattern. The details are here.
After working Rumanian stitches, the embroidery was further embellished with square mirrors worked in variegated thread. The two squares after stitching the mirrors.
This piece was given to the tailor and was sewn into a pouch. Side a
The other side looks like this.
It looks like the pouches used by tribal women. I love it. A simple embroidery done on pouch seems like a nice gift.

After reading that Rumanian stitch on SSS challenge is also named Indian filling stitch, the idea to work this stitch as filling took root. The working of the stitch is on Queenie’s blog.
This is the fabric- handloom cotton on which this work was done.
The pattern-
The pattern was worked twice- on both sides of the pouch. Same threads were used. The variation was only in the filling. Starting with blue thread-
The other side.
Moving on to pink thread.
The same pink thread.
Next thread is green. All are anchor cotton skeins.
The green on the other side.
Six strands of thread was used work this stitch. The yellow thread.
This is last thread to be used as Rumanian stitch.
The details of the outline stitch, mirrors will be on another post.
I loved working this stitch. An easy stitch for filling wide and long patterns. The thread also behaves well.


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